My miniature human has officially outgrown her cage.
She has learned how to raise herself onto her changing table from her crib. Once she has gotten up there however, she isn’t sure what to do, so she just yells, “Mama! Dada!” until one of us goes in to help her.
Considering that she has been rather difficult to put to bed lately, I was rather apprehensive about converting her crib into a toddler bed, but considering that we can’t have her sleeping on top of her changing table (or worse, diving off of it,) we decided to take the plunge and hope for the best.
As soon as I took the bars off of the front of her crib, she squealed in delight. She immediately climbed onto the mattress, and insisted on helping me attach the toddler frame. She picked the new sheets, the new quilt, and helped me make the bed. She loved it so much, she didn’t even want to get up to eat, and that child loves food.
I was still worried about how she would handle bedtime, but she was a little angel. She stayed in her bed and went to sleep with minimal difficulties.
It seems she just needed the freedom to arrange her bed in her own way, and the choice to climb into and out of it.
Of course, that’s easy to say now. We’ll have to see what happens in the morning.